Album Review: The Mob’s Take on Double Trouble by P-Square


I must say that the predictably banal title of P-square’s sixth studio album did little to heighten my expectation as I copped the album. However, after a thorough appraisal, here’s my candid thought on this work.

The Double Trouble album couldn’t have started, for me, on a more unimpressive note than it did with shekini. I mean, what is shekini kini kini ki…? This song is nothing but soft-witted ramblings slapped unto a patently unimaginative, sekem-esque beat. Or how else can one explain this line,

“I get the power, I no dey bother, I no be footballer but I sabi do the Ronaldo.” Well…

Next song is Missing you, a typical P-square love song except for the largely unremarkable production with a bassline quite akin to the one on Waconzy’s “celebrate” song. Nothing special.

Bring it on starts with an unassuming piano intro accompanied by Dave Scott’s transcendental vocals, confidently urging the listener to, Bring it on, before Paul chimes in with a sub-par verse which they make up for with the second verse. Dave Scott almost single handedly made this song the jam that it is with his masterfully delivered chorus. You’ve got to love the measured way in which Dave’s trained voice falls on the beats; simply professional, you can’t wing it.

I like the chorus of the MMS{Mugu Money Spender) song and the up-tempo vibe, but again, it also feels too much like a Runtown/MC Galaxy type of song to me; a turn off for me.  See if you agree.

Ifeoma is another typical P-square love song with the usual basic, nondescript beat. However, lines like: “and all the things wey she do nobody can replace her, and when she vex she waka nobody fit trace her,” and “I’m down on my knees and I’m begging you please,” just made the song unbearable for me.

Finally, Ejeajo comes to the rescue. This tune heightened my interest in the album. This is the kind of creative leap I expect from a huge band like P-square, if only they kept the creative juice flowing at this level, if only. Although T.I was unintelligible some of the time, it didn’t take much away from the song. Shout out to V-Tec for this jam. The beat is international and there was real effort in the arrangement.

When the biggest artists in your country collaborate to make music and the end product is Collabo, you know something’s sorely amiss. Collabo is an unflattering caricature of all that Music should be. Ronaldo again?? Na wa o. Don Jazzy should have turned this one down; but no, we must sing!

Ogadigide was the better written love song on this album, and I like it.

While No be joke was a fair R&B jam, Enemy solo was, for me, the alpha villain of the project. What is this newfangled obsession with Awilo about biko? And why is the Nigerian act hell bent on making makossa trendy again? I’ll tell you why; we crave shortcuts, cheap music, and abhor mental exertion.

Moving on, If you are finding it difficult to conjecture what a song titled Sari Sari would sound like, even before listening; you’re either not from here or you need to work on your imagination. Otherwise, your guess is probably as good as mine.

Zombie ft Jermaine Jackson: This is another huge jam!! I love the James-Brown-style funk feel of the song. The songwriting, production, arrangement and choice of feature, were all deserving of praise; it’s a joy from start to finish. I love this song.


As for Ije love, I think this line; “baby you’re my ecology, you are my biology, we go make a family, and we go live in harmony,” should pretty much give you an idea.


The Mob’s Take

Double Trouble failed to impress in a number of ways throughout the album making process. First, the album title, Double Trouble, couldn’t have been more prosaic. Also, the album art was devoid of any artistic ingenuity whatsoever. For a band like P-square, the production value of this project was abysmally dismal, to borrow from a friend(you know who). The album starts off on a random note; it didn’t promise much, and it delivered. As for theme, P-square talked, mostly, about their plenty money, nothing, love, and of course, haters(very important). Songwriting? Well, roughly 90 per cent of the rhymes (if one could call it that) ended with O, as in Co-lla-bo, and a few of the songs will remind you of other songs you probably have heard before(e.g sekem, gallardo). P-square has written and delivered very good songs in the past, like No one like you, Miss U die, Am I still that special man, and much more; and this is why I believe that P-square could have done a much better job on this album if they actually tried. Moreover, having Maytronomy, Simi or one of the other young, budding writers on board, coupled with an A&R executive to say, “this ain’t right,” or “that could be better said;” would easily raise the quality of this project a couple notches. This one-man business model can only take us so far; we’ve got to start taking this music more seriously.

Double Trouble gets a 3/10 from me, and I have Ejeajo and Zombie to thank for that.



PS: This is just one man’s opinion. Cop this album and form yours.

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  1. LOL. I didn’t think the day will come when this honest of a review will land on, but kudos. The album is crap, and the singles prior to it should’ve said everything about what to expect.

    3/10 or 4/10 is about fair

  2. I remember reading a review of this sort on for an album titled “Talk About It” and I am pretty sure everyone remembers that album, I don’t have to mention the artist. Just found out the link still exists Today, “Talk About It” is considered a classic and no other nigerian hiphop album has really comes close till date…Don’t forget the videos to drive the hit tracks are still in works.. I will not say much on this album. Talk to me a year from now. I will have to save this link. Peace!!!

  3. I typically like your reviews Mob, but this one right here just sounds bitter. 3/10 is very very harsh. It’s not the best album but a 5 or 6 is about right.

  4. Spot on review! I admire your honesty. It’s rare in the music industry now. Everyone wants to sugarcoat things

  5. Like ur name need to get a life and be reasonable.Because they did not pay u and your blog for publicity you think you can run them down.This guys has gone truely international and the album has gone platinum few days ago,So dont expect them to play for Nigeria audience alone.The guys are not your Dbanj that has lost direction,They are focus.You can see how many international shows they do in a month while u stay in the confort zone of your face me i face you room to type nonsense on borrowed laptop if not cyber cafe.Track like shekini…collabo..ifeoma is setting club on fire in europe and go rest in fire.

  6. This review feels really bitter; but what ringles joy in me is the fact that your shit angry review has little or no impact on the Album. This album is gonna sell millions of copies wheather you like it or not. This Album is the bomb…I can’t stop listening to Collabo, Zombie,sari sari,no be joke, MMS…

  7. I agree wit u 60% but d rating shud b 6 or 5at least but time may prove it2 b higher. and yes! p2 need 2 get song writers on board. dy remain legends

  8. Still don’t see the reason why we kill ourselves because of someone’s opinion about an album. @ angry mob needs to realise that lyrics is not a selling point in the Nigeria music industry, so why will an artist bother his/her head. The “Tabula Rasa” album that you rated 9.0 will not do half of what “Double Trouble” will do in terms of Sales figure; so on the long run your review does not have any effect whatsoever on the success of the album. I’ll rather have an album that is rated 0.5 that is selling in the tens of millions that one that has a rating of 9.0 that can hardly put food on ma table. MY opinion tho.